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Lifesaving stories: the importance of defibrillators

Up to seven out of 10 people who suffer a cardiac arrest could survive if they are treated with a defibrillator within the first five minutes, but more than half of Britons (53%) have no idea where their nearest life saving equipment is.

We believe that defibrillators should be available in as many places as possible. The following case studies show the importance of having a defibrillator nearby should it ever be needed.

Dad saves son’s lifeDad saves son's life

Cole had suffered a sudden cardiac arrest at just seven years old. His dad, Wayne, saved his life by performing CPR. Cole was given a 5% chance of survival that day, but if a defibrillator had been on hand, his chance of survival would have increased to around 70%.

Safety first at Barratt DevelopmentsSafety first at Barratt Developments Plc

Barratt Developments Plc will be installing more than 400 defibrillators across all their sites and offices, making life saving equipment easily accessible to both staff and residents of their areas. Their understanding of the importance of defibrillators won them the Organisation of the Year: High Risk Category award at our Everyday Heroes Awards in 2017.

Theatre’s defibrillator delivered a life saving shock to Judith’s heart Theatre’s

A cardiac arrest can happen at any time, anywhere. Judith was out at the theatre when she got to her seat, took off her coat and then collapsed with no warning. St John Ambulance volunteer Kristian Keyte was in the audience and rushed quickly to Judith’s aid, identified she was in cardiac arrest and immediately started CPR. Craig, one of the two St John Ambulance volunteers on duty that evening, joined Kristian with the theatre’s defibrillator, which delivered a single life saving shock to Judith’s heart.

Medway Magistrates Court defibrillator trainingMedway Magistrates Court installs a life saving defibrillator

A life saving defibrillator has been installed at a Kent court, following the death of a highly respected and popular Crown Prosecution Service solicitor, Matthew Quantrill, in June 2014.

Those who worked closely with him felt a defibrillator would be a welcome addition to the court building and a positive outcome following his death, so they launched a fundraising drive to buy the life saving equipment.

The money raised was used to fund the defibrillator and a training course, so more people have the confidence to use the potentially life saving equipment should they need to.


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